The Staff Advisory Committee will sponsor a January 30 lunch and book discussion of Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson.
Mitch Albom's award-winning book, which was adapted into movie, tells the story of a student being reunited with an aging teacher who is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. The book discussion, to be led by Scott Derrick, will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Watkins Room of the University Center.
Tuesdays with Morrie may be purchased at the bookstore for $9.25. StaffAC will send out an RSVP notice in January.
"This is a chance for staff to enjoy fellowship and some light discussion of an inspirational book," says StaffAC member Elaine Cross. "I hope many participate. If the response is good, we could make this an annual event."
Did you know . .
When Mark Sanford is inaugurated as South Carolina's 85th governor next month, he will be the second Furman graduate to hold the state's highest elected office.
Richard W. Riley '54 served as governor from 1979 to 1987. Irba Charles Blackwood, governor from 1931 to 1935, attended Furman but graduated from Wofford College. John Calhoun Sheppard, the state's acting governor for one year in 1885, also attended Furman but did not graduate. Sheppard assumed the post after then Governor Hugh Johnson resigned to accept an appointment as assistant secretary of the United States Treasury.
According to the Encyclopaedia of South Carolina, 27 South Carolina governors attended the University of South Carolina or its predecessor, South Carolina College. Five governors were Citadel students and four attended Wofford. Two governors - Strom Thurmond and David Beasley - attended Clemson.
Mark it on your calendar
Members of the Furman Board of Trustees will host a trustee-staff breakfast and discussion February 14 in the Watkins Room.
Designed to foster a dialogue between trustees and staff, the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast buffet and conclude at 9:45 a.m.
Staff should use the informal forum to voice any concerns or ask questions. Staff members will receive an RSVP invitation to the event next month.
Electrical power to most of the campus will be interrupted during Christmas break as workers install a new electric transformer and upgrade power lines near the James B. Duke Library. Electrical power to the dining hall will be interrupted December 18-24.
With the exception of the Intercollegiate Athletics Building (old gym), Facilities Services, Montague Village and Mickel Tennis Center, the entire campus will be without power December 21-24.
The dining hall and University Center will be without electricity December 26-28. Off campus access to the Furman Web page, voice mail and FirstClass electronic mail should not be affected by the outages.
Before leaving for the holiday break, employees should unplug computers and other appliances.
access limited during holiday
From December 14 to January 1, access to campus will be limited to the main gate at Poinsett Highway between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Public Safety personnel will allow only those with a university identification or parking sticker to enter the campus during that time.
Those sponsoring any evening programs, classes or other activities during these hours and dates, please contact Shirley DeWitt or Bob Miller to make appropriate arrangements.
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